How can Sen. Susan Collins take a position of “wait and see” on Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh?
Kavanaugh’s position on abortion rights is clear from his writings, which are a matter of public record. Collins has said that she wants to ask him if his personal position would influence his work as a judge, but that has already been demonstrated.
Actions speak louder than words. Kavanaugh has only decided one abortion case in his career as a judge. His decision was to prevent a pregnant 17-year-old unaccompanied immigrant minor who was abused by her parents in her home country from getting an abortion. That his decision was overruled by a full appeals court proves that he let his personal views color his decision, not a “neutral” consideration of the facts.
What more does Collins think she will get from a face-to-face meeting other than what she and everyone else already knows: Kavanaugh is a biased jurist. If he tells Collins he won’t undermine Roe v. Wade is she going to believe him?
Kavanaugh would not have been on Trump’s SCOTUS list if he didn’t support dismantling Roe v. Wade. Everyone knows that! Sen. Collins cannot hide behind a veil of pretend uncertainty about this. The only honorable and patriotic thing to do is to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination now.
It’s not a question of whether he is a “good man” or not. It is Sen. Collins’ sworn duty as a U.S. senator to act in the interests of the American people and the Constitution. Not party. Not president. She must do her job!